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Paphos eyes Irish market as new flights to Dublin kick in

TOURISM professionals are heading to Dublin this week to drum up business at an important world trade show, according to officials.

Representatives from the Paphos regional board of tourism, hoteliers and other tourism professionals will attend the three-day Holiday World Show in Dublin, Ireland, from January 26-28.

“This is a hugely important show and our participation is imperative as we have been absent for five years due to the lack of air connections between Ireland and Cyprus,” a spokesman for the Paphos regional board of tourism said.

However, due to air connections scheduled for 2018 being offered by both Cobalt and Ryanair on an ‘almost daily basis’ from Paphos and Larnaca, industry professionals are actively eyeing this market, he said.

“It is now certain that this market will have the prospect of a rebound and a serious recovery for 2018, which is good news” he said.

Cobalt is a new international airline in Cyprus and already the largest. They currently fly to 20 destinations in 12 countries – Greece, UK, Ireland, France, Switzerland, Germany, Russia, Spain, Israel, Denmark, Lebanon and the UAE.

During the Dublin visit, the delegation will meet with tour operators and specialised agents to promote tourist packages, as well as other joint actions to promote Paphos flights and destinations, he added.

On January 25th, they will also meet with Ryanair to prepare a promotional plan for both Irish and other flights to and from other destinations that the airline links with Paphos.

“The Irish market is a market that in the coming years can contribute to the expansion of the tourist season, since a fairly large percentage of travellers travel at non-peak times, and there is a sufficient market size for specialised targeted tourism such as wedding tourism, golf, walking and so on,” he said.

Awarded Best Consumer Exhibition Ireland, the holiday world show Dublin is a three-day event held from 26th to 28th Jan 2018, at the RDS Simmons court in Dublin.

It showcases holiday and wedding destinations, travel related services, honeymoon holiday services, products and other offers.

According to organisers, it provides a unique opportunity to meet with more than 2,000 industry professionals from over seventy countries under one roof.

“The Holiday World Show offers a wealth of interesting travel offers and expert tips and international exhibitors from many countries will present an attractive tourist destinations in the most beautiful resorts in the world.”

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